November 2nd, 2016 | Victims of Communism

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November 2nd, 2016


Confronting the Cambodian Genocide Through Oral History
Mimi Kirk, CITYLAB
For decades, information about the Cambodian genocide wasn’t part of official public culture. A 1991 peace accord, for instance, mandated that school textbooks not include material on the killing fields. However, this week an exhibit at the Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center in the capital, Phnom Penh, highlights the recollections of 10 survivors through video interviews and dioramas.


Legco President “Strongly Condemns Violent Action” Of Youngspiration Duo
The Legislative Council president has said he “strongly condemns the violent action” of two Youngspiration lawmakers and a group of people assisting them in barging into the chamber that led to the injuries of six security guards who were admitted to hospital. “This was an organized violent storming,” he said. “That’s why we must let the police handle the matter.”

“Deeply Concerned” Hong Kong Legal Sector Warns Against Beijing’s Interpretation of Basic Law
The Hong Kong Bar Association said on Wednesday that the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress interpretation of the Basic Law would deal a “severe blow” to Hong Kong’s judicial independence, as well as “seriously undermine” the confidence of Hongkongers and the international community in the One Country, Two Systems policy, which guarantees the territory a high degree of autonomy.


The Kims of North Korea: How Myth and Propaganda Sustain a Family Dynasty
Annabelle Quince, ABCNEWS
It’s been almost five years since Kim Jong-un became the leader of North Korea. He’s the third in the Kim dynasty, following his father, Kim Jong-il, and his grandfather, Kim Il-sung, before that. While family dynasties aren’t unique in world history, what’s unusual about the Kims is that they are still in power. While most dictatorships can transfer power from one generation to the next, it is rare that they survive to a third generation.


Anti-Putin Activist Who Participated in Ukraine’s Euromaidan Tortured in Russian Jail
Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin, jailed under the Kremlin’s controversial anti-protest law, has accused prison guards of systematic torture and threats to kill him.In the letter, Dadin provides a harrowing account of mass beatings, torture, humiliations, and threats of rape.


Venezuela Releases 3 Political Prisoners—Only 111 to Go
Manuel Rueda, FUSION.NET
Three Venezuelan political activists were released from jail Monday, including two filmmakers who were arrested in September after making an viral anti-government video. Carlos Melo, Andres Moreno, and Marco Trejo were released last night from a notorious prison run by the state intelligence agency. According to Alfredo Romero, director of the Venezuelan Penal Forum, there are still 111 political prisoners in the country, including the popular opposition leader Leopoldo López.


Vietnamese Ruling Party Tackles Decadence, Focuses on Ideological Purity
The fourth plenary session of the 12th Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), held October 9-14, focused on issues regarding party building. It proposed that efforts are needed to curb the degradation in political ideology, morality, and lifestyle. It also criticized self-evolution and self-transformation within the party.